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Step away from the car, Roland January 2, 2009

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The twisted Machiavellian machinations that define disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich have now spawned a new offspring in the appointment of former state comptroller and attorney general Roland Burris to the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by president-elect Barack Obama.

As the days count down to the January 7 swearing-in of the U.S. Senate, CNN’s Political Ticker reports that a plan has been devised by Senate aides to politely yet firmly decline Burris entry to the Senate chambers if he persists in trying to show up for work that day. While Burris has previously said that he will not stage a confrontational scene at the U.S. Capitol, unfortunately that assertion provides little comfort  at the moment. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that he condemned the Governor’s unethical behavior as “appalling”  and “reprehensible”  before becoming mesmerized by the allure of becoming the junior U.S. Senator of Illinois.

The indefatigable Lynn Sweet of the Sun Times provides additional perspective here on how Roland Burris is underestimating the blowback coming his way.

Please, step away from the car, Roland — you won’t be able to sandblast the indelible stain of the Governor’s actions off your good name if you follow through on this ill-conceived adventure. There is no shame in saying that you have taken the public interest into account and have reconsidered your earlier decision to accept this profoundly flawed offer. And as E.J. Dionne points out in his syndicated column, the Obama-led national Democrats in D.C.  are most likely to decide that they’re ultimately better off waiting out this whole sordid mess by slowly studying it to death rather than trying to strike an accommodation that seats Senator Burris on an interim or caretaker basis, as “treating this appointment as a circus act makes more sense than taking it seriously.” 

One thing that we absolutely must  take seriously is to promptly pass a special election bill, not just for filling this vacancy but for any future U.S. Senate opening.